Food waste project EighthPlate has collected and will redistribute over ten tonnes of edible food waste from Glastonbury this year.
The project, which was launched at Glastonbury following a successful trial last year, is an initiative led by FareShare South West, supported by The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and A Greener Festival. The initiative donates unsold food to a range of charities across the South West.
The leftover food at Glastonbury has so far included 4,000 bread rolls, 300 eggs, 250 sausages, 600 carrots, and 90 lettuces.
Emma Dyer, project manager at EighthPlate said: “We estimate that we will be able to produce over 24,000 meals from this festival alone, which will be able to support those most in need.”
Eighthplate claims half of all food produced globally goes to waste.
NCASS Director Mark Laurie said: “We are working closely with our members to assist them in managing their stock as effectively as possible in order to minimise waste. Where inefficiencies do occur though, we are keen to help those people that need it most. EighthPlate is a great cause to be supporting and we hope that the project can be rolled out across all festivals in the future.”
EighthPlate will be collecting from more festivals during the summer including WOMAD, Wilderness, Boomtown, Shambala, and End of the Road.